PARENT VOICE

The Alliance works with multiple parent groups, including the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).  We also honor all of the work that our members do to partner with parents at the state and community level. The Alliance’s parent organizations generate and create, both individually and collaboratively, many resources that share their parent voice. It is our hope that the resources you find here will help you share and celebrate Parent Voice!

What Gets Your Wheels Spinning?

This fun one-page resource celebrates the voice of parents and how families are going positive places in their lives by building protective factors through everyday actions. The flip side offers suggestions for ways you can begin down this path by taking action today. Download it HERE.

APRIL IS NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Every April we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month to raise awareness about abuse — neglect, mistreatment, or physical, emotional or sexual abuse – and how we can prevent it. Helping parents build Strengthening Families Protective Factors is one of the best ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Social and Emotional Competence/Development of Children is one of the five protective factors. All of the protective factors are important, but families will be strongest when they all work together in small but significant ways.

Help us promote the toolkits

There are three “HEROES Toolkits for Child Abuse Prevention Month” images/memes for you to share on your social media networks. You can choose one or all three to use. All of them are JPEGs. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the link provided when sharing on social media. Just copy the suggested message and use it when posting the image on social media. Thanks for helping us expand yours and other family’s social and emotional toolkits.

Victoria Hilt, co-chair of the ANPPC, created from her home a step-by-step video of how to download an image and post it to the various social media platforms. To view this 6-minute video, click on the button below.

HERO Toolkits for Child Abuse Prevention Month

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is celebrating families as HEROES during April which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The ANPPC has created four mini-toolkits to help expand your family’s social and emotional toolbox: ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/parent-voice.

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For National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) has developed toolkits around the theme: HERO – Healthy Empowering Response to Opportunity. We are continuing to celebrate parents and families as heroes and acknowledging the many ways they are helping their children and themselves manage everyday emotions throughout the pandemic. 

Every family has its own toolbox full of strategies they use to navigate the successes and challenges of everyday life. This past year has tested the capacity of our parenting toolbox. We sometimes find ourselves reaching for tools we didn’t even know we had. 

The ANPPC has created four mini-toolkits to help expand your family’s social and emotional toolbox. During each week in April, we will share a mini-toolkit that is related to one of four everyday actions that you can use to support your family’s social and emotional development.

WEEK 1 – H is for HEALTHY: Model nurturing support to children

Activities
Videos
  • How Maggie Fye models nurturing support to her children (2 mins)

  • ANPPC Group Chat – Parent members share how they model nurturing support to their children (7 mins)

Printable Resources
Further Reading

'H' Is for HEALTHY – Model Nurturing Support to Children

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is celebrating families as HEROES during April which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The “H” in HERO is for HEALTHY because a HERO family models nurturing support to each other. Check out Parent Hero Maggie’s story under week 1 videos at ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/parent-voice.

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WEEK 2 – E is for EMPOWERING: Help children develop a positive cultural identity and interact in a diverse society

Activities
Videos
  • Victoria Hilt talks about empowering her daughter’s positive identity by meeting her where she is at – video games (3 mins)

  • LaShay Canady shares how she empowers her daughter’s uniqueness to help her develop a positive identity (3 mins)

  • ANPPC Group Chat – Parent members talk about how they celebrate their children’s uniqueness and ways to develop positive cultural identities (9 mins)

Further Reading

'E' Is for Empowering – Help children develop a positive cultural identity

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is celebrating families as HEROES during April which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The “E” in HERO is for EMPOWERING it’s important to recognize each family member’s uniqueness to develop positive cultural identities. Check out Parent Hero LaShay’s story under week 2 videos at ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/parent-voice.

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

CONVERSATIONS for a BETTER NORMAL: How the Protective Factors Can Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

The Alliance introduces a new tool to help you facilitate conversations – in English or Spanish – about how the protective factors we have built can help us navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool is structured around the five protective factors, with questions focusing on each of the everyday actions. It is designed to help you create virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others. The questions were created by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) with input from other Alliance parent leaders and staff.

This suite of tools consists of:

  • Facilitator guide with instructions, questions and tips for the virtual conversation; the guide is set up as a fillable PDF form for easy use or can be downloaded if you prefer taking handwritten notes – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • Participant worksheets for each protective factor; these are optional handouts and available as fillable PDF forms – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • A link to a Google form where you can share the wisdom and stories gathered during your conversation.
  • PowerPoint with images that you can use or customize for your virtual conversation – ENGLISH or SPANISH

Parents Share Wisdom During Conversations

Because of the Conversations for a Better Normal tool, parent voices are being heard. Parent examples and stories have been gathered as participants shared their stories through a short and simple Google form. Click HERE to download some of the wisdom collected, and be inspired to hold your own conversations. It’s important to report back with the Google form to help influence policy policymakers and organizations who determine how best to use funding to support children and families.

Alliance Resources for Virtual Conversations

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has many existing tools on our website that are adaptable to a virtual meeting environment. This index lists those resources with links to the website page or section where you can access them and a description for how each could work in a virtual conversation. The introduction also contains some tips conducting virtual meetings. Click HERE to access the PDF index with clickable links to these resources.

List of Recommended COVID-19 Resources

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance collected these resources to share with colleagues and parents to help families stay strong during the Coronavirus pandemic. This list was shared with the Alliance’s Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) during a recent virtual Caring Conversation. Click HERE to access a PDF with clickable links to resources that may help with stress and more.